Meet the team

We’re a growing community of entrepreneurial journalists, technologists, digital publishers and advisors who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has access to quality, trustworthy journalism. Meet our staff and advisors below. Click here to meet our publishers.

Erin Millar

Co-founder & CEO
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Erin is a journalist and entrepreneur who founded The Discourse, where she’s led an award-winning journalism team and developed a successful business model for in-depth local news. She also contributed to founding the Independent Media Association of Canada and C4C Canada, a charity dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices.

Caitlin Havlak

Co-founder & CTO
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Caitlin is a developer and data analyst who uses her data and technology skills to drive audience revenue and growth potential for news outlets. She helped develop The Discourse’s audience revenue and growth strategy. She also led data journalism at The Discourse and taught data visualization at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism as an adjunct professor.

Kathy Ristic

Chief Financial Officer
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Kathy is an experienced finance professional (CPA-CMA, MBA) having led capital raises, implemented ERP systems and designed performance metrics and reporting for a wide variety of organizations and industries, including: Nortel, Astra Technologies, National Bank Financial, Kabrita, SHEEO, and the Muskoka Conservancy. Kathy is ardent about growing the next gen of impact oriented start-ups to help build a better world.

Joseph Masongsong

Senior Developer

Joseph is a full stack developer based in Vancouver. He has nearly a decade of experience using a variety of different platforms and frameworks. He’s passionate about helping impact-driven organizations, and has built websites and web apps for non-profits, small- to medium-sized businesses and venture capital.

Tim Lam

Audience Strategy Manager
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Tim is a writer and digital strategist who specializes in marketing, journalism, and media. His deep love for storytelling drove his career leading digital marketing in the media and ad agency world. Recently, he was the editor-in-chief for Cold Tea Collective, a platform serving the young Asian diaspora. He is a proud Simon Fraser University RADIUS Fellow and passionate about community building and civic engagement.

Shelby Blackley

Audience Strategist
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Shelby is a hybrid between a journalist and a data ± /tech nerd —- two worlds that, as many journos can attest, don’t usually mix. She is obsessed with systems and human behaviour, specializing in SEO and editorial writing with a keen eye on the future of journalism. She was previously part of the audience team at The Globe and Mail and launched Amplify, a newsletter by and for Canadian women.

Matthew McKinnon

Developer/Product Manager
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Matthew McKinnon is a journalist turned technologist based in Toronto. He learned to code while working as online editor of The Walrus, and is a former instructor of digital journalism through Ryerson University. He is a past participant of the literary journalism program at the Banff Centre, and a former director of digital operations at Strategic Content Labs.

Rachel Chen

Audience Strategist
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Rachel Chen is a Toronto-based journalist and creative writer passionate about making the world a better place. She is a Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she was an audience development editor for Postmedia and previously wrote for Chatelaine. Her freelance work has appeared in The Unpublished City II, Flare, Vice, Maclean’s and Xtra, among others.

Trevor Jang

Audience Strategist
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Trevor is a digital marketer, copywriter and journalist based in Vancouver. He is passionate about storytelling, tech, entrepreneurship and Indigenous empowerment. As a journalist, Trevor received award-recognition for his reporting on Indigenous identity, sovereignty and reconciliation. He comes from a mixed heritage of Wet’suwet’en Nation on his mother’s side and Chinese-Canadian on his father’s.

Anastasiya Razumyeyeva

Audience Strategist

Anastasiya is a trilingual graphic designer with a background in languages. Her education in both fields made her value the combined potential of words and visuals to communicate any idea. Her experience features work with nonprofits and businesses that seek positive change. She was raised in Montreal and is now based in Vancouver.

Zarina Mia

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Zarina is a web developer based out of Toronto and a recent graduate of both Juno College and the University of Toronto. She prides herself on keeping up with the latest advancements when it comes to writing accessible and socially-conscious code. Zarina takes her signature minimalistic design inspiration from the likes of Berkshire Hathaway.

H.G. Watson

Senior Editor
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H.G. Watson is a journalist based in Toronto. She is the former managing editor of J-Source, the Canadian Journalism Project, and is part of the team that won the 2020 Michener-L. Richard O’Hagan Fellowship for Journalism Education. Her work has appeared in Flare, Vice, TVO, Maisonneuve and more.

Lauren Kaljur

Digital Producer
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Lauren Kaljur is a journalist based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh peoples. She is a passionate contributor to collaborative journalism initiatives and honed these skills with The Discourse. There, she also contributed to product development and community engagement.

Anika Anand

Special Advisor
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Anika Anand is the programming director for the Local Independent Online News Publishers. She is the cofounder of The Evergrey, a daily Seattle newsletter, and was the storytelling and product director of WhereBy.Us, the parent company of The Evergrey. In 2018, she was selected to join the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle by Seattle Met Magazine. She’s also worked for The Seattle Times Education Lab and for Chalkbeat.

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